Temple’s faculty transitioned to fully online instruction in a short period of time in order to safeguard the health of our community. The university approaches classroom instruction with the benefit of that experience and the hindsight it brings.

Tips for Online Teaching

Adrienne Shaw, associate professor of media studies and production in the Klein College of Media and Communication, shares some ideas for how faculty can find innovative ways to engage with students as they teach online.

Fall 2021 Semester

For the fall 2021 semester, Temple University plans to provide in-person instruction for the majority of classes. Increased cocurricular and extracurricular in-person activities will also be available at some schools and colleges.

To allow for proper physical distancing, in-person classes will continue to take place in de-densified settings that have been sanitized according to strict cleaning protocols. As our community is not yet fully vaccinated, students and faculty should continue to wear facial coverings in the classroom and on campus and follow the four pillars of public health at all times.

Class Attendance

The university’s attendance policy has been standardized to accommodate students who are ill or are required to self-quarantine for a period of time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Honesty, Flexibility and Academic Integrity

To achieve course learning goals, students must participate in classes that are taught remotely, or attend essential in-person classes, to the extent that they are able. Though increased flexibility will be granted, in all cases, course assessments such as assignments, tests and exams must be completed for learning goals to be reached.

Enforcing Healthy Behaviors

It is the expectation that everyone will wear a facial covering while attending in-person classes. However, if the situation arises where this is not the case, faculty should use the “Five Rs” to enforce healthy behavior from their students.

  1. Remind. If you notice that students are not wearing their facial coverings or are wearing them improperly, remind them that it should cover their nose, mouth and chin at all times.
  2. Request. All students are required to wear masks indoors or in locations where it is hard to maintain physical distance. Faculty should ask students who are not wearing a mask to put one on.
  3. Refuse. It is in everyone’s best interest to follow the four pillars of public health. If students are noncompliant, instructors can refuse to proceed with class until everyone is practicing safe behaviors. Noncompliant students can step out of class and return once they adhere to the safety guidelines.
  4. Reschedule. Instructors may also choose to reschedule class if they are met with noncompliant students.
  5. Refer. Faculty should report disruptive students who do not follow facial covering requirements to Student Conduct for possible disciplinary action.